“We see in places like 2 Timothy 3 how in the last days, perilous times will come. Clearly, we’re living in such times today. People are driven, unfortunately by a spirit of fear. When I wrote my last book, Unmasking the Future, which came before masking up. We are on the road to de-mask-us.”
– Caspar McCloud, Sunday Message 9/26/21 at 37:30
1 John 4
7 Beloved, let’s love one another, for love is of God…. 12 ..If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us.
16 ..God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. 17 In this, love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so we are in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love.
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NOTE: Most pastors have been teaching this backwards, saying “believing in God’s perfect love casts out fear,” while this entire text is about us loving others.
Love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5), what comes out of us as we abide in Christ (John 15), walking not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Rom. 8). His sap flows through us (John 15) when we walk in love.
John is calling us to love one another in ‘perfect love,’ which casts out the spirit of fear.